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Inaugural Greenprint Conference 30 June 2023

Inaugural Greenprint Conference 30 June 2023

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the inaugural Greenprint Conference either on-line or in-person; and welcome to anyone who couldn’t make it on the day.

Please find various items here sharing information about some of the conversations that took place. Further transcripts will be added to these pages in the coming weeks that will include more detail about the outcomes from each workshop that took place.

Watch a film from the morning session:

Read the post-event press release including quotes from some of the speakers who took part.

Event information

Greenprint held its inaugural conference on 30 June at the University of Southampton’s Highfield campus.

Delegates were invited to attend in-person for the all-day conference, or as online delegates for the morning session.

We were also delighted to be able to invite attendees to join a Networking Drinks Reception.

Watch this short film to find out more about Greenprint and its aspirations.

About the Conference

The partners behind the Greenprint initiative held the conference to focus on the topic of green skills in the region, with senior, key speakers and panellists available for a Q&A session. This morning part of the event was livestreamed so stakeholders unable to attend in-person could listen and ask questions online.

The afternoon session (not part of the online event) included four topical workshops covering natural health, financing the green economy, quality in design and build, and how the maritime sector is contributing to green skills.

Conference agenda

Morning session (live streamed and in person) 10am – midday
  • Welcome and introduction: from University of Southampton Vice President Professor Mark Spearing
  • Introduction to Greenprint: Councillor Seán Woodward
  • Greenprint in action: Alison Barnes, Chief Executive New Forest National Park Authority

Panel and Q&A session

  • Councillor Satvir Kaur, Leader of Southampton City Council
  • David Hutchinson, Innovation and Impact Development Manager, University of Portsmouth
  • Anoushka Ottley, Managing Director for business partnerships and commercial, Fareham College
  • Simon Eden, CEO Southern Policy Centre (Panellist Chair).

Mayfield School’s winning green initiative, as presented to Fareham College’s Dragons Den.

Afternoon sessions (in-person) 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Workshops – two running concurrently:

Workshop 1a:  – ‘Exploring how new and future skills are critical for a world class blue/green environment’ led by Gordon Meadow, Seabot Maritime, and Zoe Colbeck, The Solent Cluster.

Workshop 1b: ‘Financing Net Zero with Nature’ led by Chris Fry (BSc, MSc, CDir), Accelar Limited.

Workshop 2a: ‘Creating great places through quality in design and build’, led by Paul Ciniglio, National Energy Foundation.

Workshop 2b: ‘Creating the Natural Health Service’ led by Jim Mitchell, New Forest National Park Authority, and Mandy Preece, Green Social Prescribing – South East.

4.30pm Opportunity to take part in a nature connection session

4.30pm – 6.30pm Networking drinks reception

Chief Executive


'We are working with businesses to create a world class environment and world class economy here in the south.'

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